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day off, textbooks

September 28th, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Today is my Wednesday off. I'm quite liking these. I think if we didn't have to worry about the money so much, I'd love to make it a permanent thing Big Grin But wouldn't we all?

Today I am doing house tidying/cleaning until 2.30pm and then having coffee with a friend and doing the grocery shopping. Next week I might be catching up with an old school friend. And then I think that will be the last of the four day weeks for me.

We bought a new vaccuum cleaner on the weekend, so I am going to give the house a good vaccuum and mop (it has been, oh, about four weeks!) The vaccuum cleaner was a medium priced cheapo one. The cheapest was around $66 and 1600 watts, and the one we bought was $114 and 2000watts. Better than the one we previously had, but definately not a Dyson! LOL. It also came with a free mini dust-buster too, which is kind of cool.

We are in the process of getting an electrician friend of ours to change our hot water system over to 'night-time only' usage. Last time he was at our place he informed us that it was programmed to go on whenever it needed to to heat up water, and to cut costs we should get it changed to use the night time off peak tariff. So that is what we will do. No idea what it will cost though I am sure it will pay for itself in the long run.

I looked up the first textbook I need for my first subject. New it is $139.95. I have found one textbook exchange website where someone is selling it for $95, not including postage. I have tried on google to find other exchange sites but have only had luck with this one so far, and there is only one book available. I have a month before I need it, so I am not sure if I should wait it out, or buy it. I guess any saving is a good saving. I should really start keeping an eye out for the textbooks I need in the future as well.

This morning I got up relatively late (7am), took the dogs for a walk and bought some milk from the corner shop. I have emailed our most recent electricity bill to our friend and eaten breakfast - suddenly it's 9am! Big Grin The internet is sure distracting!

My plans for the day:
- vaccuum & mop
- tidy lounge & dining rooms
- kitchen
- 2x loads of laundry
- some gardening & tidying yard

4 Responses to “day off, textbooks”

  1. M E 2 Says:


    I know what you mean. When I told some online friends that I have every Monday off, they were all like : "wow, I wish I only had to work 4 days a week" I couldn't help but laugh as their reaction was vastly different when I informed them that I did not in fact work 4 - 10 hour days. My Monday "off" is an unpaid furlough day. They weren't so envious then. ;-)

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Is there a half.com website for Australia? If so, I'd check there for your book. That's where I've gotten and sold most of mine.

  3. whitestripe Says:

    thanks frugal, i will check that out Smile

  4. Jerry Says:

    I am now getting most of my textbooks digitally - I can't decide whether to keep them on my iTouch or get a designated reader like the Kindle, but it is a LOT cheaper. The Internal Medicine textbook for this year, for example, is selling for about a third cheaper digitally than as hard cover. The digital reader is offering some insurance of paying for itself pretty rapidly, at that rate. Also, I like your idea about the hot water heater for lower PM tariffs... pretty smart!
    Jerry

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